I returned from college llast night, thank goodness for winter break! I went out to see Fria this morning, and tried to put her on cross ties. She has done this once daily for months, with breaks while im at school. Even when I come home, shes never really had a problem. She hasn't ever been difficult. Today, she was fine walking into the barn, but as soon as I stood her to hook up the crossties she would push me out of the way and walk off. She never went one certain way, sometimes towards the stalls, sometimes outside, and sometimes just turns and eats hay. Is this a lack of respect, or her just seeing what she could get away with. It took 20 minutes to get her hooked up. I walked and haulted constantly until we reached the ties, and stood, praise, and did it again, adding one tie at a time. She still tried to walk off once she was hooked up. Any suggestions?
Silly mare. When was the last time she was handled? has anyone else worked with her? You know horses are horses, just like most mamals(2 m's??) we work with, she is going to test you. It doesnt matter how much you handle her sometimes, or it might be that someone else who worked with her, let her get away with to much, so she's associated that being a brat is ok.
You have to re-assert yourself and let her know that NO, its not ok to be pushy and not do what you're told. My theory with my horses has always been, that they spend 23 hours of their day out in pasture goofing around and I only ask 1 hour of their day to spend some quality time either with me or working.
I've only use a crop or whip during ground handling with draft crosses because of their size as weanlings and they are very pushy.
If she is normally good, it shouldn't take to long to bring her back and remind her that she can't push you around. Make sure you correct her the instant she moves or pushes or does anything she shouldn't do. She might just be worst because she had a break, unless somene else worked with her and let her get away with it(in which case I would have that person work with you, to show them what they should do to handle her properly).